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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738203173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738203171
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the next century, 50 million American children will go to sleep without being able to say good night to their fathers. The Divorced Dad's Survival Book offers both hope and help for noncustodial fathers who want to stay connected with their children before, during, and after divorce. David Knox, a psychologist and father, is passionate in his premise that dads are not replaceable. But don't expect tips on ex-spouse bashing. Instead, the author's purpose is to minimize conflict with the ex-spouse and "to encourage fathers to continue being fathers and to emphasize that this goal is always worth pursuing no matter what legal or personal obstacles alienation from their spouse may bring."

Knox offers fathers a hefty how-to list: understanding a child's perspective on divorce, creating an optimistic view of divorced fathering, mediating differences with a former spouse, answering the tough questions kids ask, and coping when you fall in love with a new partner and your children don't. These challenges are explored with insightful self-assessments and practical descriptions of what to do--and not do--when your kids are with you and when they are with their mother. One chapter, written by the author's partner, offers a fresh view of being a divorced dad's valentine.

This supportive and strategic advice is weakened by Knox's stereotyped description of how fathering differs from mothering--one that is bound to ruffle even nonfeminist feathers. Yet the book succeeds in creating a model of loving, equal parenting that can triumph over the trials of divorce. --Barbara Mackoff

About the Author

A marriage and family therapist and Professor of Sociology at East Carolina University, Dr. David Knox is also the author or co-author of ten books including Choices in Relationships and How to Be Your Own Family Therapist. He lives with his second wife and stepdaughter in North Carolina.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The possibility of divorce is always on the minds of married couples as well as the state of the relationship between the parents and children. Knox discusses the before, during, and after of the divorce process and how it especially affects the father-child relationship. Can a father do too much? not enough? what if the mother is uncooperative? Knox does a splendid job on this book filled with solid information for the straight or gay dad, the children, and the new partner.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a MUST READ for any father considering, or going through, a divorce. It is honest, practical, and PACKED with helpful suggestions for the process.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mike a on July 22, 2012
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Enjoyed this book (as much as one can enjoy the topic or the process). There's nothing earth shattering in it but it reminds us many have gone before us. It helps teach us to accept the now and keep hope for the future, all in a manner that is enjoyable and educational.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodney on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a must-read for any father enduring the divorce process. Find the time to read it for yourself...and your children. There will be portions that you do not like, but there are others that you need to know. It will prevent many mistakes as you enter the family court circus.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Stone on February 16, 2009
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This book puts lots of things in perspective and provides clean and clear recomendations for dealing with the situation.
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